My childhood didn’t fully prepare me to trust or feel safe and secure in the ways I might have hoped it would. But it did lead me to seek for ways to lighten the darkness in my child-heart by enjoying the simple pleasures of life, like blowing bubbles or chasing butterflies.
Not all of the methods I chose were actually safe or helpful, until God shone the light of His presence into my life and I was undone in the best possible way. Because up to then, love had been far from easy, unconditional, lavish or free.
Life can feel less than safe in this dark world, as I still wrestle with demons from my past and deal with myriad challenges in the present. Yet my hope and faith are safe, secure, resting on God’s redemption, goodness and grace, His wild, wild Love and forgiveness that covers all my sin, and His broken heart for a suffering world.
In thinking about the word ‘safe’ for this week’s five-minute-friday prompt, several things suggested themselves. There was even a first attempt poem that didn’t quite feel right, though it may well get shared another day.
I am so grateful God is a God of second chances—as well as second thoughts—and how He has provided this alternative poetic offering unexpectedly today, albeit a bit later than planned.
The watery womb was my home
I nestled close, listening to thrum
of human heartbeat, soothed again
by its sweet refrain rhythm
And as I stretched my limbs
I sensed the confines of this space
gradually closing in
It was time—time to be born
before my time to die—time
to breathe, live outside this home
I sensed movement, tightening
and squeezing. It didn’t seem safe
but I trusted to my fate
Then a soft night light shone warmly
on my screwed up face. My eyes had grown
unaccustomed to the Light
Hands groped for my body, held me
tight, as lovingly as can be, cradled
me safe, welcomed me to life
And I knew, instinctively, despite
how different this would be, how hard
my Father was still holding me
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